Playing Trash Can Dress-Up

Time to pull yourself out of those winter “blahs”! Let’s revisit some beach decor!

There is really only one room in our house that sports a bit of a beach-y theme. Okay, so the only thing that really says “relax by the seaside” is a doily chandelier and a lone starfish. However, that is about to change. I still don’t want to go overboard on the whole beach inspiration, but a couple more subtle beach-inspired trinkets won’t be a complete overload.

We have this old trash can by the toilet. We have had it for YEARS. I really think Jason used it in his college dorm room. Anyway, it is starting to show signs of age (like rust). I figured that maybe playing a little trash can dress-up wouldn’t be too weird. Right?

Here’s what happened…

I don’t especially fancy having a photo of the toilet, but I wanted you to see the trash can in its “natural habitat.” Who puts the trash can on the other side of the room?

The whole process is fairly self-explanatory. Measure your fabric (you need twice as much length as the measurement around your trash can), hem the bottom and top (leaving enough room to thread elastic through the top!), thread the elastic through, secure the elastic, and sew the end together from the inside. The fun part was painting the cover!

You need acrylic paint of your choice and a product called “textile medium”. It should be available at most craft stores (I bought mine at Hobby Lobby). Mix 2 parts paint to 1 part textile medium and go crazy!

Be sure to check back soon because I have one more great seaside project planned for this room!


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